Monday, May 2, 2011
The Mission of Academy of da Corner, Street Ministry of First Poet's Church of the Latter Day Egyptian Revisionists
Academy of da Corner, NW Campus,
Academy of da Corner is also a mental health center for youth and adults, along with the educational mission. We provide a space for people to vent their frustrations, grief and trauma from living in a hostile environment.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Academy of da Corner, Marvin X's Street Ministry, 14th and Broadway
Plato Negro, Jackson, Aristotle Negro
photo Walter Riley, esq.
Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland.
Comments from da corner
Fuck you, Marvin X, a Negro
I might come by here and throw a molotov cocktail at you!
No writer writes about the street like you.
Some people don't like you. I tell them to look at the good you are doing.
Fuck the peckerwood, fuck the peckerwood, fuck the peckerwood!
--a brother whispered in MX's ear and kept going
Can you talk to my daughter. She needs help. She's cute, got two babies, but goes out with men and come home with no money for Pampers. What's wrong with that girl?
Sunday, June 20, 2010
As the father of two young daughters, I know that being a father is one of the most important jobs any man can have.
My own father left my family when I was two years old. I was raised by a heroic mother and wonderful grandparents who provided the support, discipline and love that helped me get to where I am today, but I still felt the weight of that absence throughout my childhood. It's something that leaves a hole no government can fill. Studies show that children who grow up without their fathers around are more likely to drop out of high school, go to jail, or become teen fathers themselves.
And while no government program can fill the role that fathers play for our children, what we can do is try to support fathers who are willing to step up and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, partners and providers. That's why last year I started a nationwide dialogue on fatherhood to tackle the challenge of father absence head on.
In Chicago, the Department of Health and Human Services held a forum with community leaders, fatherhood experts and everyday dads to discuss the importance of responsible fatherhood support programs. In New Hampshire, Secretary of Education Duncan explored the linkages between father absence and educational attainment in children. In Atlanta, Attorney General Holder spoke with fathers in the criminal justice system about ways local reentry organizations, domestic violence groups and fatherhood programs can join together to support ex-offenders and incarcerated individuals who want to be closer to their families and children.
Now we're taking this to the next level. Tomorrow, I'll make an announcement about the next phase of our efforts to help fathers fulfill their responsibilities as parents -- The President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. You can learn more at www.fatherhood.gov.
This Father's Day -- I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a dad to two wonderful daughters. And I'm thankful for all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and friends who are doing their best to make a difference in the lives of a child.
Happy Father's Day.
for Paul Cobb and Henry Winston
Classic black man
How can people know more about him than I?
should I be mad at him or myself
the men tell me how great he was
he was dad to me
the man who whupped my ass unmercifully
who argued with mom til she packed us and left
the man who gambled at the Elk's lodge
while I listened to Elijah Muhammad on the radio upstairs
went to Lowell Jr. High
bloods beat down poor white boy when they killed Emmit Til
Dad used to make me go with him to funeral parlors
deliver flowers to dead Negroes
cold and gray
maybe he wanted to teach me not to fear death
Dad was known over the Bay
known in the clubs where he danced even in his 80s
the people have stories about him I've never heard
making me sad I didn't know him like this
only as father man
from World War I
dressed sharp every day
suit, tie, carnation in lapel
shoes shined at Perry's on 7th
Ollie and I went with him on Sundays
then to church
any and every church to promote his florist bizness
we made the rounds
ecumenical for bizness
age came to dad
starched shirts dirty
suits piss stained
never saw him sick
until those cigars caught up with him in his late 80s
in the hospital for a week or two and he was gone
the man I didn't know yet knew too well
the man I became yet couldn't wear his clothes
stand in his shoes
no matter what I become I cannot be him
what a shame
Does prince ever become king, really?
from Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice, poems, Marvin X, Black Bird Press, late 2010.
Friday, June 18, 2010
for Verdia Pope, in memoriam
and what about all the forgotten women and men in our lives
the one night stands
the lies we told in the bar, then the hotel suite
remembering nothing the next morning
by next year the face is forgotten
a one night stand
on the road to...
it was a moment to forget
or remember fondly
if the lover had a pleasant attitude and didn't suffer sex guilt
because it was what it was
but it was over in an instant,
a good nut and good night
please don't call
I have a husband and/or wife
there are children
you cannot visit
let it be what it was
a moment in the sun
the illusion of joy
don't get serious at the pleasures of life when they come
enjoy the good times
and when the bad times come
roll with the punches.
from Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice, poems, by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, late 2010.